The trial of Cardinal Angelo Becciu and nine other defendants - including prelates, officials of the Holy See and external managers - for the management of the funds of the Vatican Secretariat of State, resulting from the investigation into the purchase of the building at Sloane Avenue 60, in London, and also extended to other events. Crimes are being discussed which, for various reasons, range from embezzlement to embezzlement, from corruption to extortion. The first hearing of the awaited trial will today be devoted to procedural issues and the constitution of the parties, including that of the Secretariat of State as a civil party. Another injured party is the IOR, the Vatican 'bank'. The panel of judges is composed as follows:President Giuseppe Pignatone. Judges: Venerando Marano, director of the Department of Law of the University of Rome Tor Vergata; Carlo Bonzano, Professor of Criminal Procedure Law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
"Cardinal Becciu, after today's hearing, renews his confidence in the Court, the third judge of the facts hypothesized only by the Promotor of Justice, so far without any confrontation with the defenses and with a view to presuming innocence. continuation of the trial and the demonstration of the numerous evidences and witnesses indicated that will prove your innocence with respect to any accusation ". This was stated in a note at the end of the first hearing of the maxi-trial for corruption in the Vatican, the lawyer of the former cardinal angelo Becciu, Fabio Viglione.